|This goldfish has not acclimatized.|
Why am I so convinced that I will suffer from altitude sickness? Compared to this Superman boyfriend of mine, I've found myself prone to physical and health impairments while traveling... stories for another blog post.
Perhaps I will not fall victim to altitude sickness. There is no way of knowing whether one will get altitude sickness unless actually going to high altitudes. However, it's still something I would like to prepare for as I know we will be spending a decent amount of time at relatively high heights.
|Taken from Peru Travel Diary: http://www.machupicchu-inca.com/acclimatization-at-peru.html|
Treating/Preventing Altitude Sickness at High Altitudes
- Ascend slowly
- Increase sleeping elevation (the altitude where you spend the night)
- Drink a lot of water/fluids
- Do not drink alcohol
- Eat regular meals high in carbohydrates
- Take it easy!
Another factor I must be mindful of is my anemia since this lowers the oxygen in my blood. At some point before Peru, I'll have to make a visit to the doc.
From what I've been reading so far, the recommended route is to go to Arequipa first and then Cusco. Some who have gone straight to Cusco, especially those who flew in, felt altitude sickness. Hopefully I'll be ready to tackle Lake Titicaca after spending time in the Cusco region.
I'm curious, though, as to whether there is anything I can do before the actual trip, like physical training. Since I usually do some sort of training before our trips, I want to see if there are any activities or exercises I can incorporate into my typical pre-trip routine. Part 2 will tell.